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Mayor Battle Joins the Tennessee Valley Corridor in Announcing Regional Economic Development Event
Top Leaders to Convene in Huntsville, November 20-21


City of Huntsville Huntsville, Ala. - Regional business and economic development leaders joined Mayor Tommy Battle and Tennessee Valley Corridor Board Members from North Alabama and other special guests today to announce the upcoming 2011 Tennessee Valley Corridor Fall Partnership Event to be held, November 20-21, at the Von Braun Center Huntsville.

During the November event, top public and private sector leaders from throughout the region will join with Members of the Tennessee Valley Corridor congressional delegation to discuss and collaborate around this year's theme, "Turning Regional Resiliency Into Economic Development."

Major sessions will center around the lessons learned and the new opportunities created from the tragic tornadoes that struck throughout the Tennessee Valley earlier this spring.

"As a community, we learned a great deal from that experience that we can share with others, but just as importantly, we can see lots of tangible opportunities and partnerships that can be formed to better prepare us and to help others in the future," said Mayor Battle.

"Institutions and companies from throughout the Tennessee Valley bring a great deal of expertise in building more resilient energy, communications and data systems, and we want to capitalize on those to create new solutions and business opportunities that could be deployed to help others nationwide," Battle said.

This Fall Partnership Event is the 26th in a series of regular economic development Summits and special events the Corridor has organized since 1995 to help strategically link the technology-rich Tennessee Valley Corridor - from North Alabama through Tennessee into Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina and Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

"Our work in the Corridor is about building regional solutions to help with national problems," said Etta Ryan Clark, chairman of the Tennessee Valley Corridor Board of Directors. "What Alabama, and indeed the entire Tennessee Valley, experienced earlier this year was awful, but we hope by revisiting the lessons learned and figuring out how we can come together to build even more resilient communities, we can help lots of communities, both here and away."

Confirmed presenters and regional roundtable participants during the event already include:
  • Mayor Battle
  • General Warren Edwards (Ret.), Executive Director, Community and Regional Resilience Institute
  • Dr. Susan Elkins, Vice President for Extended Programs and Regional Development, Tennessee Tech University
  • Ron Gray, Executive Director, Tornado Recovery Action Council of Alabama
  • Dr. Michael Griffin, Director/King-McDonald Eminent Scholar and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Center for System Studies, University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Bill Hendon, Manager for Corporate Safety and Security, Eastman Chemical Company
  • Dr. John Horack, Vice President for Research, University of Alabama in Huntsville and a Tennessee Valley Corridor Board Member
  • Dale Jobes, Vice President of Government Solutions, Magnolia River, and Executive Committee Member of Energy Huntsville
  • Rob Manning, Executive Vice President of Power System Operations, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Dr. Thom Mason, Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Dr. Rodney Robertson, Executive Director, Auburn University-Huntsville Research Center, and Executive Committee Member of Cyber Huntsville
  • Lisa Williams, President and CEO, Systems Dynamic International, and a Tennessee Valley Corridor Board Member


  • Other speakers and presenters already confirmed for the event include:
  • Tom Rogers, Director, Industrial and Economic Development Partnerships, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Corridor Foundation; and Tennessee Valley Corridor Board Member
  • Steve Cope, Director of Business Development, Avion Solutions, Inc., and Tennessee Valley Corridor Board Member
  • Tom Counts, President, 3-GIS, and Tennessee Valley Corridor Board Member
  • Gary Gilmartin, President, Gilmartin Engineering Works; Executive Director, Oak Ridge Energy Corridor; and Director, Tennessee Valley Nuclear Energy Coalition


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    The Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC) is a multi-state regional economic development organization dedicated to uniting partners from across the region to support and expand federal and state missions and investments in the Corridor; to leverage the Corridor's growing science and technology assets for maximum new job creation and next generation manufacturing in the region; and to promote the Tennessee Valley Corridor as one of the premier science and technology regions in the nation.

    For more information about the TVC and the Fall Partnership Event, including an updated agenda, sponsorship information, and to register online, visit http://www.tennvalleycorridor.org/summits/other.html.

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